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The Update | YSU Theater to Present Shakespeare Excerpts; WonderStruck Rock Fest to Reveal Lineup

YOUNGSTOWN – A virtual production of “An Evening with Billy Shakes,” presented by Youngstown State University Theatre, will open Friday at 7:30 p.m. at showtix4u.com and run for two weekends.

Additional performances are April 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 16 at 7:30 p.m.; April 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The cost of the livestream is $10 for a single person, and $25 for a group.

The show is directed by Prof. Matthew Mazuroski of the department of visual and dramatic arts.

“An Evening with Billy Shakes” features a selection of scenes and monologues, created from the works of William Shakespeare. It includes scenes from “As You Like It,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Macbeth,” “Measure for Measure,” “Hamlet,” “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Othello,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Twelfth Night,” “Hamlet,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Julius Caesar.”

“In my opinion, more people have been turned off to the power of live theater by poor renditions of Shakespeare than by any other means,” said Mazuroski. “I think ninth grade English literature classes that have students read Shakespeare without getting the plays on their feet is another culprit. Our sole focus throughout the design and rehearsal process is to bring the language and characters of Shakespeare off the page and onto the stage and to remove the barriers between the text and the audience.”

The cast includes Meganne Evans, Samantha Gurd, Mitchell Sharp, Destinee Thompson, Adam Dominick, Lexi Denney, Madeleine Pomeroy, Machiah Davis, Kamryn Deja, Nicolas Wix, Kyle Hudson, Elise Vargo, Hannah Rosser, Morgan LaCamera and Nate Montgomery.


WonderStruck to Reveal Lineup of Bands

CLEVELAND – The lineup of bands for this summer’s WonderStruck in Cleveland rock festival will be revealed at 8 a.m. Tuesday, along with ticketing and health and safety information.

The announcement will be posted on WonderStruckfest.com.

The festival, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic, is slated for July 24-25 at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland.

In past years, the festival was called LaureLive and took place on the campus of The Laurel School in Chesterland.


Columbiana BeerFest to Benefit Dog Park Project

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana Craft BeerFest 2021: Ales for Tails will take place Oct. 9 from 4-8 p.m. at Town Center in Firestone Farms.

Benefiting the construction of the dog park in Firestone Park, the festival will feature samples from at least 10 area breweries, live music and local food trucks. Ticket information will be released at a later date.

The dog park is part of the Restoration and Beautification Committee of Columbiana’s efforts to enhance the city.

The one-acre dog park will include double gates, separate runs for large and small dogs, water stations, park benches and waste stations.

‘Chicago 7’ Wins Top Award from Screen Actors Guild

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The starry cast of Aaron Sorkin’s 1960s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” took the top prize Sunday at a virtual Screen Actors Guild Awards where actors of color, for the first time, swept the individual film awards.

The 27th SAG Awards, presented by the Hollywood actors’ guild SAG-Aftra, were a muted affair — and not just because the red carpet-less ceremony was condensed to a pre-recorded, Zoom-heavy, one-hour broadcast on TBS and TNT. The perceived Academy Awards frontrunner — Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” — wasn’t nominated for best ensemble, making this year’s postponed SAG Awards less of an Oscar preview than it is most years.

Still, the win for Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” marked the first time a film from any streaming service won the guild’s ensemble award. Written and directed by Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” had been set for theatrical release by Paramount Pictures before the pandemic hit, leading to its sale to Netflix. The streamer is still after its first best-picture win at the Oscars.

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Pictured above: Some members of the cast of University Theatre’s production of “Billy Shakes” are, from bottom left then clockwise, Destinee Thompson, Kyle Hudson, Kamryn Deja, Nicolas Wix and Machiah Davis.

Copyright 2021, AfterHoursYoungstown.com, Youngstown, Ohio.

Posted April 5, 2021.

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